Mike Munchak

Michael Anthony "Mike" Munchak (born March 5, 1960) is a former professional American football player and current offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos. A graduate of Penn State, Munchak played left guard for the Houston Oilers from 1982 until 1993 and was a nine-time selection to the Pro Bowl. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001.

After his retirement, Munchak continued his association with the Houston franchise by becoming an assistant coach. He joined the staff in 1994 and stayed with the franchise after it moved to Tennessee and became known as the Tennessee Titans, eventually becoming its offensive line coach.

Munchak became Titans head coach in 2011 and was fired after the 2013 season, ending his 31-year association with the franchise. He currently serves as offensive line coach for the Denver Broncos.

Mike Munchak
Munchak speaking at a sports convention
Munchak speaking at a sports convention in 2011
Denver Broncos
Position:Offensive line coach
Personal information
Born:March 5, 1960 (age 59)
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:263 lb (119 kg)
Career information
High school:Scranton (PA) Central
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:159
Games started:156
Fumble recoveries:5
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Head coaching record
Regular season:22–26 (.458)

College career

Munchak was an offensive lineman for Penn State from 1978–1981. During this time he was a starter for the 1979 and 1981 seasons; however, he missed the 1980 season due to a knee injury. During his senior year, he was named a second-team All-American and was subsequently drafted 8th overall by the Houston Oilers.[1]

Playing career

During the 1982 NFL Draft, Munchak was chosen as the Houston Oilers' first round draft pick (8th overall), making him the first offensive lineman drafted that year. In his rookie season, he quickly earned a starting position at the left guard position. He remained in that position for 12 seasons. During that time he garnered nine Pro Bowl nominations, four All-Pro, nine Second Team All-Pro, seven All-AFC, and four second-team All-Pro selections. In addition, he was selected for the 1980s All-Decade Team. Munchak's 12-year tenure tied for second most seasons played with the Houston Oilers.[2]

Coaching career

Houston / Tennessee Oilers / Titans

In 1994, only one year after retiring as a player, Munchak joined the Houston Oilers staff as an offensive assistant/quality control coach. In 1997 Munchak was named offensive line coach of the newly relocated Tennessee Oilers, a position he held for the next fourteen seasons. Following Jeff Fisher's departure as head coach, Munchak was named head coach of the Titans on February 7, 2011. The 2011 season marked his 30th season with the organization. The 2013 season, Munchak's third as head coach, yielded a record of 7–9. That offseason, franchise CEO Tommy Smith and general manager Ruston Webster requested that Munchak replace at least six assistant coaches. Munchak disagreed with some of these requests and refused to fully enact those changes in his staff.[3] Munchak was consequently relieved of his position on January 4, 2014.[4]

Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2014 season marked the first season since 1982 that Munchak had no involvement (as a player or coach) with the Oilers/Titans franchise. Munchak eventually became the offensive line coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In a 2016 NFL playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Munchak yanked Bengals player Reggie Nelson's hair, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He was subsequently issued a $10,000 fine by the NFL for the incident that was later rescinded after it was determined that the incident was inadvertent.

Denver Broncos

After being a finalist for the Denver Broncos' head coach position, the Broncos hired Munchak to be their offensive line coach on January 14, 2019.[5]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
TEN 2011 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC South
TEN 2012 6 10 0 .375 3rd in AFC South
TEN 2013 7 9 0 .438 2nd in AFC South
TEN Total 22 26 0 .458
Total 22 26 0 .458

Honors

Munchak was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001, along with Nick Buoniconti, Marv Levy, Jackie Slater, Lynn Swann, Ron Yary, and Jack Youngblood.[6]

In June 2003, Munchak was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

The street in front of Scranton High School is named for Munchak.

The United Way of Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania has a charity golf tournament named after Munchak. Each year the tournament is held the last week of June at The Country Club of Scranton in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.

Personal life

Munchak and his wife, Marci, have two daughters, Alex and Julie.

References

  1. ^ Black Shoe Diaries Retrieved on 11-Feb-2011
  2. ^ "Hall of Famers » MIKE MUNCHAK". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011. Named 16th head coach at Penn State.
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000309849/article/mike-munchak-firing-assistants-wasnt-right-move
  4. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (January 4, 2014). "Titans fire coach Mike Munchak". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  5. ^ DiLalla, Aric (January 14, 2019). "Broncos agree to terms with Mike Munchak as offensive line coach". denverbroncos.com. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Hall of Famers by Year of Enshrinement". Profootballhof.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  7. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20131021092024/http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/football/mike-munchak/. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Missing or empty |title= (help)

External links

1982 Houston Oilers season

The 1982 Houston Oilers season was the franchise’s 23rd overall and the 13th in the National Football League (NFL). After losing their season opener, the Oilers beat the Seattle Seahawks at the Astrodome 23–21. The Oilers were 1–1 before the two-month player's strike. When the season resumed the Oilers struggled, losing all seven games. Earl Campbell was held to just 536 yards, as the Oilers finished the season with a 1–8 record.

1982 NFL Draft

The 1982 NFL draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held April 27–28, 1982, at the New York Sheraton Hotel in New York City, New York. At the time of the draft the Raiders were still the Oakland Raiders, they relocated to Los Angeles in May 1982. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

1988 All-Pro Team

The 1988 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1988. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1988 the Associated Press did not choose a kick returner.

1989 All-Pro Team

The 1989 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly and The Sporting News in 1989. Both first- and second- teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1990 All-Pro Team

The 1990 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1990. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1991 All-Pro Team

The 1991 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, Pro Football Weekly, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1991. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the five teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League.

1992 All-Pro Team

The 1992 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1992. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP and NEA teams. These are the four teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1992 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

1993 All-Pro Team

The 1993 All-Pro Team is composed of the National Football League players that were named to the Associated Press, Pro Football Writers Association, and The Sporting News All-Pro Teams in 1993. Both first and second teams are listed for the AP team. These are the three teams that are included in Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. In 1993 the Pro Football Writers Association and Pro Football Weekly combined their All-pro teams, a practice with continues through 2008.

2011 Tennessee Titans season

The 2011 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League (NFL), the 52nd overall and the 15th in the state of Tennessee. It also marked the first season under head coach Mike Munchak, replacing longtime head coach Jeff Fisher, who resigned on January 27 after 17 seasons. The team improved on their 6–10 record from 2010 and finished tied with the Cincinnati Bengals for the last playoff spot, but lost the tiebreaker due to their 24–17 loss to the Bengals in Week 9, missing the playoffs for a third consecutive season.

2012 Tennessee Titans season

The 2012 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 43rd season in the National Football League, the 53rd overall, the 16th in the state of Tennessee and the second under head coach Mike Munchak. It was also the last full season under the ownership of Bud Adams, who died on October 21, 2013. The Titans failed to improve on their 9–7 record in 2011 and were eliminated from postseason contention in Week 14.

2013 Tennessee Titans season

The 2013 Tennessee Titans season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League, the 54th overall, the 17th in the state of Tennessee and the third under head coach Mike Munchak. It was also the final season under the ownership of Bud Adams, who died on October 21. The Titans slightly improved on their 6–10 record from 2012, but missed the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.

2019 Denver Broncos season

The 2019 Denver Broncos season will be the franchise's upcoming 50th season in the National Football League, the 60th overall and the first under new head coach Vic Fangio.

History of the Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are the professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are members of the South Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the then-Houston, Texas, team began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger. In 1999, the Titans played their most memorable season since joining the NFL, when they made it all the way to Super Bowl XXXIV, but they fell to the Kurt Warner-led St. Louis Rams.

Jurrell Casey

Jurrell Juel Casey (born December 5, 1989) is an American football defensive end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC, and was drafted by the Titans in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Ladd Herzeg

Ladd Herzeg was general manager of the Houston Oilers in the 1970s and 1980s, under ownership of Bud Adams. In three years, from 1982 to 1984, with the Oilers he drafted and/or signed three Pro Football Hall of Famers; Mike Munchak a 1st round draft choice in 1982, Bruce Matthews another 1st round draft choice in 1983 and Warren Moon a 1984 Canadian Football League signing.

List of Tennessee Titans first-round draft picks

The Tennessee Titans are a National Football League (NFL) franchise that began play as the Houston Oilers in 1960, a charter member of the American Football League. The Oilers relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997, playing as the Tennessee Oilers before changing their name to the Tennessee Titans in 1999. The Titans' first draft selection was Billy Cannon, a halfback from Louisiana State University. The team's most recent first round selection was Marcus Mariota, a quarterback from the University of Oregon. The Titans have selected the number one overall pick in the draft twice. They have also selected the second overall pick thrice and the third overall pick six times. The team's five selections from the University of Texas are the most chosen by the Titans from one university.

Every year during April, each NFL franchise seeks to add new players to its roster through a collegiate draft known as "the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting", which is more commonly known as the NFL Draft. Teams are ranked in inverse order based on the previous season's record, with the worst record picking first, and the second worst picking second and so on. The two exceptions to this order are made for teams that appeared in the previous Super Bowl; the Super Bowl champion always picks 32nd, and the Super Bowl loser always picks 31st. Teams have the option of trading away their picks to other teams for different picks, players, cash, or a combination thereof. Thus, it is not uncommon for a team's actual draft pick to differ from their assigned draft pick, or for a team to have extra or no draft picks in any round due to these trades.

The Titans drafted three consecutive future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, Earl Campbell, Mike Munchak and Bruce Matthews in the first rounds of the 1978, 1982 and 1983 NFL Drafts respectively.

List of Tennessee Titans head coaches

The Tennessee Titans, previously known as the Houston Oilers, are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. They are a member of the South division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Tennessee Titans have had 18 head coaches in its franchise history. As the Houston Oilers based in Houston, Texas, the team began playing in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won two AFL championships before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The team relocated to Tennessee in 1997 and played in Memphis for one season before moving to Nashville. For two seasons, the team was known as the Tennessee Oilers before changing its name to the Titans in 1999.The Titans are currently searching for the next head coach after parting ways with Mike Mularkey, who was originally hired as tight ends coach in 2014, promoted to assistant head coach in 2015, and replaced Ken Whisenhunt on an interim basis after a 1-6 start in 2015. He was named full-time to the position in January 2016. In addition to Mularkey and Whisenhunt, The Titans have also been coached by Mike Munchak and Jeff Fisher, who led the Titans to their only Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl XXXIV following the 1999 season.

Tennessee Titans

The Tennessee Titans are a professional American football team based in Nashville, Tennessee. The Titans compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the American Football Conference (AFC) South division. Previously known as the Houston Oilers, the team began play in 1960 in Houston, Texas, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL). The Oilers won the first two AFL Championships, and joined the NFL as part of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970.

The team relocated from Houston to Tennessee in 1997, and played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis for one season. The team then moved to Nashville in 1998 and played in Vanderbilt Stadium. For those two years, they were known as the "Tennessee Oilers", but changed their name to "Tennessee Titans" for the 1999 season. The team currently plays at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, which opened in 1999 as Adelphia Coliseum. The Titans' training facility is at Saint Thomas Sports Park, a 31-acre (13 ha) site at the MetroCenter complex in Nashville.The team has appeared once in the Super Bowl (XXXIV), the same year they changed their name to "Titans", and in which they lost to the St. Louis Rams.

Zach Brown

Zachary Brown (born October 23, 1989) is an American football inside linebacker who is currently a free agent. He played college football at University of North Carolina and was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Buffalo Bills, where he made the Pro Bowl.

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